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We are stronger because of you. We believe all young people should have the chance to belong, connect with nature, and learn critical life skills. Thank you for joining us in this life-changing work and investing in youth! Here are… Read More >

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Be A Spark Champion

It’s not enough to just know your spark. You have to grow it! And that’s where sparks champions come in. Spark Champions are adults who help young people develop the interests, skills, commitments or qualities that give lives purpose and… Read More >

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Beyond Camp: Our Out-of-School Time Programs

  September means school is in full swing, and so are Camp Fire’s Out-of-School Time (OST) programs! Yes, “camp” is literally our first name, but we help kids find their sparks in so many other ways. In fact, 47 of… Read More >

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We need YOU on the Youth Advisory Cabinet!

Camp Fire doesn’t just serve young people, it’s led by them. The National Youth Advisory Cabinet (YAC) is a group of passionate high school and college students who help Camp Fire thrive. Youth advisors come from all over the country… Read More >

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Ilse Browner: A Woman of Tolerance

Camp Fire’s alumni are AMAZING. And not just because we’ve got some celebrities on our rolls (hey, Madonna). Anybody who’s worked hard to find their sparks, practice a growth mindset, learn to set goals, and reflect on their progress is… Read More >

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Dr. Evelyn de Ghetaldi: A Woman of Significance

Written by Ingrid Busch Throughout the long history of women struggling to find a foothold in positions of power and influence, a few women stand out as exemplary. Evelyn Lenore Gardner Ballard de Ghetaldi is one of them. Sadly, the… Read More >

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WOHELO: Camp Fire’s Original Watchword

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If you’re new to Camp Fire, you’re bound to ask: Wo-what? That word you keep hearing people say, keep seeing on pins and signs and badges? It’s wohelo. And it’s been a part of Camp Fire since the very beginning.… Read More >

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Camp Fire & the Positive Youth Development Movement

If you’ve been around Camp Fire at all, you’ve probably heard the term Positive Youth Development (PYD). Good ol’ context clues can tell you that this movement is about helping young people grow up happy, healthy and engaged, but here’s… Read More >

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The Power of Reflection

Written by Shirley Tang, a senior in high school in Houston, Tx., and member of Camp Fire’s National Youth Advisory Cabinet (YAC) I look left and right at my papers piling up on my desk. I look down at my… Read More >

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Sparks Infographic

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A purpose in life, less depression and anxiety, better social skills, higher school attendance…all of these benefits (and more!) when kids/teens have opportunity to nurture their Spark with adult support! See all the awesome benefits when you share your email! Enjoy: